January 6, 2013
A Eulogy for #Occupy

A Eulogy for #Occupy by Quinn Norton in Wired.

[Editor’s Note: In the fall of 2011, Wired hired writer Quinn Norton to embed with the activists in the Occupy Wall Street movement and report back on what she witnessed. Throughout the past year, Norton filed a number of stories about the people behind the movement, the cops sent out to police them, and the clashes that ensued as a result. Now, Norton looks back on the year of Occupy.]

November 5, 2012
"What happened at Zuccotti Park was not wholly unlike what had happened a few months earlier on Delicious and Google Reader, which, like any social media site, can be aptly described with a fifty-year-old term from zoning law: privately owned public space."

Brian Droitcour in The New InquiryPublic Spaces

September 25, 2012
"Goldwater’s beloved speechwriter Karl Hess, moved into a houseboat, renounced politics altogether and dedicated the rest of his life to peacefully protesting the concentration of political and economic power in the hands of the new aristocracy he dubbed ‘the one percent.’"

Maureen Tkacik at ReutersThe radical right-wing roots of Occupy Wall Street

September 18, 2012
"Physical space is essential because the objective is to create a new way of living… of being in the world. Life is lived in the real world… in space. In the absence of physical space, we will continue to feel disconnected… from each other… and the world that we want to help to recreate."

Suresh Fernando at Reality SandwichRe-Occupation 2.0

May 25, 2012
"Federal surveillance of citizens in the Bush years, most visible in NSA warrantless wiretapping controversy, has apparently not ceased with Obama’s inauguration."

WhoWhatWhy at Business InsiderThe US Government Is Running A Massive Spy Campaign On Occupy Wall Street

May 4, 2012
"As Gandhi revealed, non-violent protest is effective above all because it reveals how power really operates: it lays bare the violence it is willing to unleash on even the most peaceful citizens when they dare to challenge its moral legitimacy. And by doing so, it reveals the true moral bankruptcy of those who claim authority to rule us."

David Graeber at Naked CapitalismDavid Graeber: New Police Strategy in New York – Sexual Assault Against Peaceful Protestors

April 30, 2012
"[T]here’s a lot of public space in New York City, but there’s very little public space in which you can engage in common activity. Athenian democracy had the agora. Where can we go in New York City, where we can have an agora, and really talk. And this is what the assemblies were trying to define, what the people in Zuccotti Park were trying to do. They made a space where we can have a political dialogue. So we need to take public space, which, it turns out, is a space in which the public is not allowed, and turn it into a political commons, where real decisions are going to be made, where we can decide if it’s a good idea to have another building project, another bunch of condominiums."

Max Rivlin-Nadler in Salon. Urban Revolution Is Coming 

Occupy may mark the beginning of a new era of city-based uprisings. An expert explains why — and how

February 25, 2012
"Vattimo and Zabala produce a devastating critique of our “framed democracy”, in which the 1% “pursues truth in the form of imposition (violence), conservation (realism) and triumph (history). These metaphysically framed political systems hold that society must direct itself according to truth (the existing paradigm), that is, in favor of the strong against the week."

Pepe Escobar at Asia TimesOccupy World Street 

February 25, 2012
"Hermeneutics, then, is one of the few philosophies that reflects the pluralism of our postmodern societies because, like truly democratic procedures, it includes and allows structural changes to take place every time citizens demand them. Ignoring these demands for change overlooks new, different, and vital interpretations and also ignores the 99 per cent of the population that is now demanding them and the change they can effect."

Santiago Zambala in Al Jezeera. A philosophy for the protesters

Santiago Zabala is ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona, where he currently teaches courses on contemporary philosophy.

February 11, 2012
"Because we organize openly, we can invite new people into our movement and it can continue to grow. As soon as we institute a security culture in the midst of a mass movement, the movement begins to close in upon itself and to shrink."

Alliance of Community Trainers, ACTOpen Letter to the Occupy Movement: Why We Need Agreements

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